Old-Fashioned Meat Loaf

Old-Fashioned Meat Loaf

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Meat Loaf
1 pound ground turkey
3/4 cup fresh bread crumbs (from 2 slices light whole-wheat bread)
1/2 cup finely chopped Vidalia or other sweet onions
1/3 cup grated carrot
1/4 cup 1% milk
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons ketchup
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard


1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.

2. To make the meat loaf: In a large bowl, combine the turkey, bread crumbs, onions, carrot, milk, tomato sauce, egg, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix gently but thoroughly. Mound the meat loaf mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, patting it into a loaf shape with your hands.

3. To make the topping: In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, brown sugar, and mustard. Spoon the topping over the meat loaf, using the back of the spoon to spread it evenly.

4. Bake the meat loaf for about 45 minutes, or until the meat is no longer pink on the inside and is cooked through (165°F on an instant-read thermometer). Let it sit for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.

Hands On
My Mama always says that the best kitchen tools you have are the ones God gave you, and they're right on the ends of your arms! When you really need to get in there and get a good vigorous mix going, use a nice clean pair of hands. That's my advice for mixing up this meat loaf. It's faster and more efficient, not to mention kind of fun.

Nutritional Information:

2g fat, 216 calories, 32g protein, 15g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 775mg sodium

Servings: 4
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Difficulty: Easy

from From Mama's Table to Mine, a Ballantine Books Trade Paperback

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